WASHINGTON (Ucs News) — The White House has criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans to stop in Syria next week during a Middle East trip that began Friday. President Bush explained that he would rather launch a flight of cruise missiles instead of allowing Nancy Pelosi to have a non-confrontational diplomatic visit.
“We do not encourage peaceful visits that foster understanding, in fact, we discourage members of Congress to make such visits to Syria,” said White House deputy spokeswoman Dana Perino. “Syria is a country that is a sponsor of terror, and the USA invades Arab countries for sport, we are not compatible.
Pelosi is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad next weekend while in Damascus, according to Imad Moustapha, Syria’s ambassador to the United States. She will be the highest-ranking American to meet with a Syrian president since then-President Clinton met with the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in 1994.
“I don’t know what she is trying to accomplish, and I don’t know if anyone in the administration has spoken to her about it,” Perino said. “In general, we would rather bomb Damascus into the stone-age. Responding to a follow-up question, Perino added, “We think that Nancy Pelosi should be home backing cookies for her grandkids .”